December 27th 2006
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- AMD Opteron 144 CABNE 0545 @ 1.47v 290x9 = 2.61Ghz, Asetek Waterchill CPU water block, DFI LanParty UT Nf4 SLI-D with 7.1 Karajan audio, Alphacool NexXxos NB-SLI Northbridge water block, 1GB Corsair PC400 TwinX3200C2PT (3,3,3,8,1T), XFX Geforce 6800GS XXX Edition 256Mb @ 533 Mhz core 1196 Mhz memory, Alphacool NexXxos NV-XP-3 Nvidia GPU water block, Duel 120mm Black Ice Pro radiator and fans, Single 120mm Black Ice Pro radiator and Blue LED fan, Asetek pump, tubing and reservoir, 160Gb Hitachi Deskstar SATA 7200rpm HDD, Sony duel layer and duel format DVD-RW, Lite-on DVD / CD-RW combo drive, Thermaltake Soprano ATX case black with window, Akasa 460W PSU with 120mm Blue LED fan, 120mm blue LED front case fan, 2 x 19" LG Flatron 915FT Plus CRT at 1600x1200 resolution and 32bit true color, Logitech X-530 5.1 surround sound speakers 70W total, Sunbeam 10cm UV cold cathodes, 15cm Multi color bubble light and 6X Red laser LED’s.
Well its fast, maybe not a fast as some of the latest and greatest hard ware but for a year old PC built on a budget it does quite well. It contains a fully water cooled Opteron 144 overclocked by 800Mhz to 2.61Ghz. My CPU will go a lot higher up to above 3Ghz if you increase the voltages, but I am not quite brave enough to leave it at this high settings and temperature so I have compromised with 2.61Ghz. Saying that I am very happy with my very high GPU overclock of 533Mhz compared to the standard 425Mhz. My water cooling loop consists of Pump - CPU - Duel 120mm Radiator – North Bridge – GPU – Single 120mm Radiator – Reservoir then back to the pump. This loop is quite effective and allows all the fans to be switched off when idle. Though I haven’t got round to doing this wiring job yet. I am running a duel 1600x1200 monitor set up consisting of two 19" Flat CRT’s. they are crystal clear in games and looks great at this resolution. My favorite game is FARCRY which this PC can play with all the settings maxed out. Over all I think my PC looks great and I do go on about it quite a lot which my girlfriend isn’t very happy about.